93 Power Plants in Danger from EPA’s Climate Rule

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) own estimates, its proposed power plant regulation could eliminate one-fifth of existing coal generation facilities and 80,000 energy jobs. The regulation, set for final publication this summer, would regulate emissions at existing coal and natural gas power plants, while also ensuring that consumer use less energy from coal facilities. Based on American Action Forum (AAF) research, this means that more than 90 coal-fired power plants could be retired across the country. Secondary employment impacts suggest that EPA’s power plant regulation could eliminate 296,000 jobs, about the population of Cincinnati, Ohio and more than the total number of jobs the economy created in February 2015.

AAF’s Minimum Wage Paper 1 Year Later: Why is it so Successful?

AAF’s Minimum Wage Paper 1 Year Later: Why is it so Successful?

About one year ago, AAF Policy Analyst Ben Gitis authored a paper examining the minimum wage and its effect on jobs: “How Minimum Wage Increased Unemployment and Reduced Job Creation in 2013”.  To the Forum’s delight, the paper was not only cited early and often, but it’s garnered a strong, staying power online: it still garners an average of nearly 1,000 views each week.

Its success has raised the question: why?

Regulatory Burden of Tax Day 2015

As Tax Day approaches, approximately 150 million Americans will have to undergo the thankless task of complying with the nation’s broken tax code. The data on the cost and the time it takes the average taxpayer to comply with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) forms are truly staggering. To put IRS’s 7.3 billion hours in perspective, it would take 3.67 million Americans (more than the population of Chicago) working 2,000 hours annually to complete these requirements.

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